Spurred by a structural deficit in the City of Santa Cruz’s finances, Measure F seeks to raise the city sales tax to the county limit of 9.75%. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local file)
What is Measure F?
Measure F proposes to allow the City of Santa Cruz to raise its sales tax to 9.75%. The city’s current sales tax is 9.25%. Money from the tax hike would be added to the City of Santa Cruz’s General Fund.
A sales tax increase on groceries, medicine, diapers and feminine hygiene products are exempt from Measure F, according to the measure. Measure F needs more than 50% of the vote to pass, according to the county clerk. Measure F will be decided by voters in the City of Santa Cruz. The new tax is expected to start Oct. 1 if it is adopted by voters, said Santa Cruz city spokeswoman Elizabeth Smith.